Motorcycle Intersection Accidents
There are many motorcycles on the road in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Olympia, and Washington State. Most motorcycles that are on the road are perfectly safe and never get into any accidents. However, when they do occur, the accidents can be very severe and leave the rider in serious condition. One of the more common reasons motorcycle accidents occur is because of accidents that happen in intersections.Common Reasons for Motorcycle Intersection Accidents
Intersection accidents are among the most common reasons accidents occur for drivers on the road. Lane changes make up the number one reason, but there are common reasons that can be found here:
- Sudden lane changes
- Texting or talking on a cell phone
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Sudden turns
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light
In many cases, an accident occurs because someone is simply driving too fast for
conditions and trying to cross through an intersection before it turns red. These drivers are often in cars, trucks, SUVs, and often do not see the motorcyclist before it is too late.Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident to Help Your Case
After being in a motorcycle accident, there are certain steps you need to take to make sure that you are protecting yourself and strengthening your case in the process. The most important thing to do is to make sure you take down the other driver’s insurance information, their name, address, phone number, license plate, and even e-mail address. After you do this, you need to take plenty of pictures of your injuries, the damage to your motorcycle, and the damage to the car that hit you.
It also would be helpful if you took pictures of the surrounding area where the accident occurred. Many cellphones have a video-camera feature on them as well, so videos are also helpful. Obviously, if you are physically unable to do these things, it is understandable since your health is the most important thing to be aware of. If you have someone, such as a family member, friend, or spouse, who can accomplish these things, that would be ideal. Please take your findings and notify the Jackman Law Firm. This will help immensely with your case.Importance of Defensive Motorcycle Driving
While there is only so much a motorcycle driver can do to protect himself or herself while on a motorcycle, there are some steps the rider can do to minimize the chances of getting into an accident with a car, truck, or SUV while on the road. Among them are:
- Making sure to check your rearview mirrors before turning
- Passing on the left
- Making sure you are wearing reflective clothing that can be easily seen
- Signaling when you turn
- Making sure your headlights are working properly
Being on a motorcycle carries with it some inherent risk that there could be serious injuries you could face while being on a motorcycle. While not every rider will suffer a serious injury, those that do can be injured permanently. Among the most common injuries a motorcyclist will face are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Burns, in particular road burns
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee and back injuries
These injuries will rarely just heal on their own. Rather, in order for someone to heal, the
motorcycle rider will normally have to see a doctor or healthcare provider to recover. The most common kinds of healthcare providers that these injuries need are doctors, osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, and physical therapists.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help After Your Motorcycle Accident
After going through a motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is focus on your recovery. This will be a large enough job for you. The last thing you want to do is have to worry about dealing with an insurance company. The insurance company for the driver who hit you will not be looking out for your best interests or trying to give you a fair settlement.
Instead, the insurance company will be trying to serve their own best interests by paying you as small of a sum to settle your case as possible. The Jackman Law Firm can help you negotiate successfully with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to obtain a fair settlement.
If this cannot be achieved, we will be ready to take your case to a courtroom, where we will fight to make sure you get a fair jury verdict. There may even be instances when the at-fault driver’s insurance company will allege that you were somehow responsible for the accident, either in part or completely. If this is the case, we can help you prove your case.
We can do a number of important things, such as interview key witnesses, including the police officer if one came to the scene, take recorded statements, subpoena surveillance footage that might have captured the accident, and obtain key documents, such as insurance information, to help prove your case.
Once we are able to prove that you had no wrongdoing in the accident, we can then resume negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to make sure you get a fair settlement.
The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following money damages:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Out of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
We have successfully obtained these damages for people in the past who have been in serious motorcycle crashes. We can do the same for you.
Feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.